Stan Wawrinka won’t be playing Rotterdam next week due to a knee injury. Wawrinka was seen during the Australian Open wearing a strapping on just below his right knee.
“Stan called me this afternoon to share the bad news,” tournament director Richard Krajicek said. “Test results today showed that he is not able to play matches as a result of his knee. The medical advice came as a complete and unpleasant surprise. Not just for us, but for him as well.”
At the Australian following his loss to Roger Federer in the semifinals, Wawrinka talked about the knee.
“It’s been for sure an issue since the beginning of the tournament,” he said. “That’s for sure. Then again, it’s not an excuse at all. I always try to fight on the court, to find solution. I made semifinal.
“I go on the court with what I have of the day. I give everything. What exactly I have, I have to check. Really I have to do some bigger test when I get home.”
Wawrinka’s withdrawal makes Rafael Nadal the top seed at the indoor event which begins on Monday. Tomas Berdych, Marin Cilic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Grigor Dimitrov are also in the field.
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